The 4th edition of Women Power 2019, organized by the Billennium Divas Fund Pvt.Ltd in association with Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), a day long mega conference celebrated the true spirit of Women Empowerment in style for Women led / co-founded Entrepreneurs / Startups, which concluded on 07th September 2019 at EDII, Ahmedabad with a thundering applause. The event was attended by the “Who’s – Who” of the Startups fraternity, Investors, mentors and Industry stalwarts, along with Women Entrepreneurs / Thought Leaders. More than 150+ Women Entrepreneurs / Founders along with their Men Co-Founders participated at Women Power 2019 from across verticals across the country.
According to a Global Report on Women and Entrepreneurship there are still less female entrepreneurs than their male counterparts. In most economies around the world, there are fewer women than men starting and running new businesses, but there are even fewer running mature ones.
The daylong Conference aims to understand the day to day problems faced by women who are looking forward to a career as a successful entrepreneur. Even though it has been predicted that there would be a higher number of women entrepreneurs than men by 2020 around the world, the hard truth presents itself in the form of challenges, some of which is the lack of support from family and less investor funding, to name a few. In today’s day, women have proved that they can succeed in everything as men have. But there are still some social issues that have kept them on the back foot when it comes to starting their businesses. Work-life balance and expectation to succeed at everything adds an extra pressure to the woman who just wants to be self-sufficient.
The daylong event was chaired by Smt. Anju Sharma IAS, Principal Secretary (Higher & Technical Education), Education Department, Government Of Gujarat as the Honourable “Chief Guest” for the event with a power packed address by 30 high profile Women Thought Leaders / Speaker and eminent personalities including Men, sharing their expertise and insights on though leadership, empowerment, Community Building, Funding and overcoming challenges faced by Women Entrepreneurs & Start-up’s.
Keeping in line with the theme “Unleash the Power within You!” for Women Power 2019, Ahmedabad, the daylong event focussed and deliberated on key topics such as:
- Women Entrepreneurs Leading from the front: Changing Industries with Innovation!
- Startup Gujarat: Government’s role in building a Vibrant Startup Ecosystem.(A scintillatingfireside chat).
- Growth Hacking in Business; building an empowered community to grow!
- Money Manifestation; Growing your business.
- Workshop on the Art of Sales Mastery!
- Women Empowerment – Lets walk the Talk!
- Decoding Data; Unlocking the potential to Grow your Business.
- Women Founded / Co-Founded start-ups; Investors perspective while investing. in them.
- Top 10 selected Startups pitch at the “PowerPitch” Session in front of the Investor panel.
Panel discussion on “Growth Hacking in Business; Building an empowered community to nurture and build support!!” with dynamic panellist such as Ms. Asha Chaudhary, Founder –Kids Book Café, Ms. Pavani Bakeri Agarwal, Entrepreneur & Past Chair –FICCI Flo, Ms. Riddhi Doshi, Founder Director – Rhyns Academy Pvt. Ltd, Mr.Hiranmay Mahanta, Director – GTU Innovation Council moderated by Mr.Jatin Chaudhary, Founder & Chief Salesman – eChai Ventures. The panel deliberated on issues such as identifying the opportunities and building robust communities, identifying “Rockstar’s” or “Influencers” and keep nurturing them in-turn they start nurturing more Rockstar’s to build an empowered community, building value and creating a sense of ownership with the stakeholders who are a part of the community. Understanding and identifying the secret sauce in building a community. This helped the participants to gain valuable sights on how to build an engaging community.
Panel discussion on “Women Empowerment – Let’s Walk the Talk! with set of dynamic panellist such as Ms. Aditi Parekh, Promoter – Thar Life Spaces, Ms. Raksha Bharadia, Founder –Bonobology Media, Ms. Vandana Agarwal, Founder – Dreams Foundation, Ms.Purva Patel, Founder – Pristine Paige Events and moderated by Ms. Gouri Popat, Practicing Tax Advocate. The panel deliberated on a how women needs to break their own shackles and barriers to chart their own course. It is all about the mindset on whether women really need’s empowerment or are they already empowered, it’s the support that matters the most? How Men today are acting as a catalyst and providing the much-needed support to their women counterparts. The panel also deliberated on the challenges that still exist, the unconscious and environmental biases which needs acknowledgement in the society. The debate still continues but the change is clearly visible.